Prevent Bad Decisions!

  • Posted on: 30 December 2013
  • By: Tina McCoy

We're only human!  Regardless of our role or professional station, we are all subject to our human shortcomings. Even the most knowledgeable, caring and competent individuals make mistakes. In relation to this inescapable truth (the bad news), there is also some good news:  Errors in judgment often follow patterns which allow us to use strategies that can prevent poor decisions or bring them to light before they can do significant or lasting harm.

THINK AGAIN Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions and How to Keep It From Happening to You is an excellent resource that will help you self-reflect in ways that will benefit your organization (and your career).  The authors, Sydney Finkelstein, Jo Whitehead and Andrew Campbell explain how our brains make decisions.  Given that foundation, they outline how and why human decisions often go wrong.  Perhaps most importantly, they describe ways to detect circumstances where poor decisions are most likely to germinate, so that steps can be taken to guard against errors. Realistic strategies to safeguard against bad decisions are provided.

People are people, but as leaders we have a higher obligation to rise above the fray, look for our own blind spots, and take steps to ensure that we make the best decisions possible. The decision 'safeguards' in this book require one to thoughtfully examine his or her own thinking in relation to leadership decisions. For anyone committed to putting great leadership ahead of their own personal egos, this book is essential!